Gocha Kapanadze

Actor, director

He was born on November 29, 1960, in the small town of Shorapani, in the Zestaponi district. In 1986 he graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University, drama faculty, actor of theatre and film. In 1995 he graduated from the Directing Department of the Peter Brook International Theatre Centre in Paris.

Since 1986 he has been an actor at Rustaveli Theatre. He has been teaching acting at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University since 1993.

Productions at Sokhumi State Drama Theatre:  

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Stealing the Moon; Sh. Dadiani, Yesterday’s People?; A. Sumbatashvili, The Betrayal; Kemal Abdullah, Bluebird.

Roles played include:

Mr. Vandan – Gudrich, Hacket, Diary of Anne Frank, dir. Gizo Jordania; Aristo, Horse – Davit Kldiashvili, Samanishvili’s Stepmother, dir. Gizo Jordania; Romakhin – Boris Vasiliev, There Will be a Wind Tonight, dir. Gizo Jordania; Peter King – Georg Büchner, Leonsi and Lena, dir. Nana Kvaskhvadze; Polonius, Grave Digger – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, dir. Gizo Jordania; Hamlet – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, dir. Avto Varsimashvili; Hero – Tone Anderson, Hero’s Journey, dir. Tom Clarke; Jazon, Creont – Euripides, Medea, dir. Gocha Kapanadze; Delirious – Grigol Robakidze, Lamara, dir. Robert Sturua; Iokanaan – With Mouths Open, dir. David Sakvarelidze; Jonathan Pichem – Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera, dir. Gizo Jordania; Moses – Ilia Chavchavadze, Luarsab Tatkaridze, dir. Gizo Jordania.

Main productions as a director:  

Federico Garcia Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba, Rustaveli Theatre; Eli Gizeli, Suitcase, Theatre Gogi, England; Friedrich Schiller, Mary Stewart, Rustaveli Theatre; Euripides, Medea, Liberty Theatre; Davit Kldiashvili, Darispan’s Trouble, Basement Theatre on Rustaveli; Rezo Gabriadze, Bird of Paradise, Liberty Theatre; Ludmila Razumovskaya, Ghosts in the Theatre, Theatre Atoneli; Nodar Dumbadze, Me, Grandmother, Iliko and Ilarion, Poti Theatre; Federico Garcia Lorca, Blood Wedding, Liberty Theatre; Nodar Dumbadze, People, I do love you, Liberty Theatre; Rezo Gabriadze, Khanuma in Paris, Basement Theatre in Vake; Akaki Bakradze, Otar Chiladze, “Happy Nation”, Basement Theatre in Vake; Kamal Abdullah, 1.2.3, Azerbaijan Drama Theatre, Tbilisi; Zakaria Paliashvili, Sunset, Batumi Opera and Ballet Theatre; R. Harwood, Old Clowns, Rustaveli Theatre; G. Antonov, Solar Eclipse in Georgia, Rustaveli Theatre.

Awards and titles: 

2013 – Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan; Pakistan International Festival, first edition, “House of Bernarda Alba”, the main prize; The Georgian State Prize Laureate, for the role Hamlet, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet,  dir. Avto Varsimashvili; XV Weimar Festival, Mary Stuart, grand Prix; Honorary Citizen of Bristol (England); G. Shervashidze Prize Laureate.

David Andghuladze
Giorgi (Gogi) Kavtaradze
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